Erectile Dysfunction (ED), sometimes called impotence, is the most common sexual disorder that men report to health care.
Erectile Dysfunction is the inability to sustain a penile erection throughout sexual performance. Performance issues can cause serious damage to a man’s self-esteem and that of his partner. Erectile Dysfunction may develop due to hormonal deficiency, disorders of the neural system, lack of adequate penile blood supply or psychological problems.
There are few factors that can cause or increase the risk of Erectile Dysfunction. The most common causes are medical conditions that restrict blood flow to the penis, including artery problems, diabetes, Peyronie’s disease and atherosclerosis. Certain prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs can affect the nerve signals that control the vascular process. Among psychological factors that can affect performance are stress, depression, anxiety, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure are all ED risk factors. Erectile Dysfunction is more likely to result from some form of physical trauma. Sleep disorders or excessive fatigue can also cause performance issues.
Treatments, that are currently being provided for ED focus on relieving the symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction and therefore, tend to give a temporary solution rather than a cure for the dysfunction. Medications help only 50% of men (it does not help patients with diabetes, and is contraindicated for people with heart diseases) and has side effects. In addition, the medicine is expensive and the overall year price of it exceeds the cost of one Stem Cells procedure.
Recently, therapies based on stem cells, have had increasing attention due to their potential to restore erectile function and reverse its cause.
The procedure consists of combining your own adult stem cells from bone marrow or fat with PRP. Stem cells use your body’s own natural reparative factors to harness the healing resources of the body to repair injured tissues. PRP secrete growth factors and send signals which boost the natural healing process in the body. Stem cells not only secrete growth factors and other intercellular signals to command and direct the repair process, they can also replace and regenerate tissues by themselves directly.
Stem cells are capable of self-renewal, which means they can make exact copies of themselves indefinitely. They can functionally and structurally regenerate damaged tissues. They are the basis for the specific cell types that make up each organ in the body.
PRP is an acronym for Platelet Rich Plasma. Plasma is mainly blood without the red blood cells. Platelets are cells found in the blood that are essential for clot formation and wound healing. PRP, the mix of concentrated platelets and serum, contains factors that promote repair of tissues.
Results are usually visible in 2 to 4 weeks and improve gradually over months with improvement in erection and performance. Expect minimal swelling, bruising and redness for 12-24 hours after the procedure. Treatment results vary and some patients may require PRP booster, however, in most cases, the results last for several years.